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Natalie will be traveling west and south in her vintage Airstream Argosy with her drummer/partner, pugs and guitars for most of
2022-2023. Travel destinations include North Dakota, Montana, Oregon, California, New Mexico, Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee. Feel free to shoot us a message via the contact page with suggestions for gig spots.

 

TRAVEL LOG

​STOP #9 Joshua Tree, CA – Our longest planned stay in Joshua Tree has kicked off with a bang. We hooked up with a Desert Diva after corresponding for over a year and parked our rig in her fabulous backyard oasis with beautiful outdoor kitchen and fenced pug privacy. So far, we have taken advantage of many gorgeous JT hikes and have been checking out fab dining spots. One of the highlights of the stay so far was the discovery of a nonprofit art and music venue in the high desert called Furstwurld. https://www.furstwurld.org/. Our first Furst visit delivered unbelievable performances by Tom Freund and Victoria Williams who simply tore up the stage with deep glorious sound. We have been streaming both of them in fits and start ever since. Amazing! More on our Joshua Tree adventures soon!

STOP #8 Hidden Hills, CA - Unexpectedly, we received an invitation from a friend who works with a famous musician, to stay at their luxurious southern California home. Hard to pass up! We packed up and drove from Oregon in 2 days. The gate tender at the entrance was surprised when a 28' vintage camper rolled in and a neighbor stopped his Maserati to tell us how lovely he thought it was. The home was tricked out with walls of guitars, shelves with awards and a fully stocked gameroom. The pugs were in heaven in the massive fenced yard, wandering around the pool and seeming quite entitled. Our sweet hostess Sean, introduced us to the best food spots in the area. She treated us to a mind-body-boosting two-week juice cleanse and allowed us to practice some music in the shadow of Grammy winning greatness. Took some day trips, including one to a natural hot springs (gorgeous!). All in all, a spontaneous and fun twist in our travels.

 

STOP #7 Gold Beach, Oregon - Driving down the 101 was so beautiful that we were compelled to stop several times for roadside vista pics. After landing at a quaint private RV park by the ocean with herds of Elk wandering the grounds and a giant dog park for the pugs, Nat tracked down a sweet music venue called Mr. Eds Underground Pub nearby and they had an opening on their calendar for us. If you are traveling through Port Orford do NOT miss this spot. Live music most nights, hot tasty pizza, friendly locals and great beer and wine choices. The listening room vibe is truly special for a small town venue and worth the trip! 

Had a great time at the gig. Such an amazing venue. We were joined on stage by talented lead guitarist and Ed's bartender Bobby. Super generous audience and wonderful town! Checkout the FB live video clip bottom left :).

Also took a hike at Mt Humbug along the old 101 (beautiful) and a fun boat ride with South Coast Tours. It was the very last ride of the season and the guide was so engaging and sweet. He extended our tour a bit as we spotted a spout toward the end of the trip. We sped back out to catch a whale sighting. It was a gorgeous day and the experience was unparalleled. Highly recommend the area and this particular tour group. 

 

STOP #6 Bend, Oregon - After that harrowing travel leg, we finally landed at our first Oregon camp spot at La Pine State Park. Gorgeous campground with large sites. A path from our site opens on to the Deschutes River. Wow! Just beautiful. BONUS! A last minute open spot at the Bend Roots Revival magically opened up and we were invited to play :).  The event was incredibly well organized and so many of the performers were amazing. Not only did we have a chance to play for a nice crowd, but the fabulous sound staff made our duo sound and feel like a ful band, throwing in echo effects and even launching a bubble machine at one point in our rendition of Space Oddity! Sold some merch and received wonderful feedback from attendees.

 

STOP #5 Washington State - Whoa! On our way to Oregon, our new braking system failed, a wheel locked up and caught fire and we lost a tire :(. (see pic left). It was scary and complicated by the fact that we were on a long stretch of Native American Reservation highway with no cell signal. A wonderful couple from Washington State stopped to help and an auto service center we used when in Montana (Triple B) generously and graciously drove an hour at the end of their day to rescue us.  We felt incredibly lucky for the kindness of strangers and came through unscathed. Arrived quite late at a KOA in Spokane, WA for a quick overnight before moving on to our destination near Bend, OR. Pugs seemed even more exhausted than we felt. They snored heavily all night. 

 

STOP #4 Swan Lake, Montana - After landing in Swan Lake, MT to moochdock with our friend Margaret at her gorgeous mountain spot, we were invited to play at the beautiful Swan Lake Trading Post Campground at the foot of the hill. Cyclists from all over the world were camped there as part of a tour group and were so appreciative of the music. They sang along with Bowie songbooks and tipped generously. The campground was really gorgeous, right across the street from Swan lake, and the hosts were welcoming and warm. 

Also had a chance to visit Glacier National Park where we stayed at a rustic little cabin so small there was nowhere to gate the pugs, and the heater was busted with temps below 50 overnight. All-in-all , the park was beautiful, the Airbnb was super cool, but we only lasted one night :). Our second music stop in Montana happened at A Montana Bar. Our last week in the area. Very fun local spot with killer french dip (Yowza!). We had a blast and the locals were appreciative and generous. We hope to circle back on our next round of travels. Catch a little video snippet shot by the owner Amber at this link: https://fb.watch/fAkyl_vfLL/

 

STOP #3 Bozeman, Montana - Parked for a couple of days at Bozeman Trail Campground.  The staff were welcoming and helpful and we recommend this spot highly for any trip across MT. We also met a fabulous couple from Virgina who were stranded there for a few weeks with truck troubles. They were so sweet and generous. Fed us delicious food and Eric helped us immensely with our camper learning curve. We hope to visit them on the flip side of our journey as we head back east.

 

STOP #2 Big Sky, Montana - A quick stop en-route at a funky little RV lot called Big Sky in Miles City. On a hot day, the cool swimming pool was a great relief and a wonderful stranger helped us out of a jam. Our hose for the septic hookup was from the 70's and did not match any of the connectors onsite. A helpful gentleman in a sight nearby, re-jiggered our connector which will now allow us to properly use our tanks.  The kindness of new friends is one of the reasons we LOVE camping!

 

STOP #1 Valley City, North Dakota - On the first leg of the trip; we stayed in a sweet little campground at Ashtabula Crossing (east) with a fabulous lake view. There we met a fellow female traveler who popped by with her Uke to play by the fire. On our last night, we reached out to the owners of the Labor Club in nearby Valley City. Bonnie, the owner and her social media guru Cameron, generously opened their stage and invited locals to attend. It was a blast and we hope to circle back with the full band down the road. 

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Pugs posing for Autumn campground brochure

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Cam the Man :)
Cam the Man :)

Social Media Guru for the Labor Club in ND modeling a NatalieGaza.com T-shirt. Such great people in ND!

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Pugs posing for Autumn campground brochure

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singer/songwriter
NATALIE GAZA